The Charging Bull Statue is a symbol of financial optimism, the 7,000 pound bronze sculpture by Arturo Di. Modica stands at the north end of Bowling Green Park in downtown Manhattan’s financial district. Bulls and bears have long been metaphors for the volatility of Wall Street with bulls signifying a surging market and bears a declining market. The origins of these expressions are unknown, but the most common explanation is that the terms were derived from the way each animal attacks. When a bull attacks, it thrust its horns upward whereas when a bear attacks, it barrels and swipes downward. Di Modica created the sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash as a gift to the city of New York to symbolize the strength of the American people. On December 15, 1989, Di Modica snuck the statue to lower Manhattan and placed it beneath the Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Soon after, the police seized and removed the sculpture but its popularity led the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to install it at the top of Bowling Green Park.
Visitors will find the statue surrounded by tourists posing for pictures all year round. If you can fight your way through the crowd, snap a great picture of one of the most recognizable outdoor sculptures in the United States.
The statue is conveniently located steps from the
subways on Broadway in the Financial District .
Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY
Nearby Places of Interest:
1. Statue of Liberty
2. Battery Park
3. Ellis Island
4. Customs House (Museum of American Indian)
5. Museum of Jewish Heritage
6. Ground Zero
7. Trinity Church
8. Wall Street Financial District
9. Federal Hall with George Washington Statue on steps
10. South Street Seaport
11. Staten Island Ferry